Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Food Prep Recipe Blast!

The recipes I prepped this past weekend are:
Skillet Rotini
Refrigerator Pickles
Barbecue Bean and Chicken "Joes"

I have shared a few of the recipes here before and have linked them above for your reference.  The rest are below!

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Skillet Rotini

Ingredients:  

1 lb. lean ground beef
8 oz of whole wheat pasta
1 jar of pasta sauce of choice
3 cups of water
1 cup 2% cottage cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 grated parmesean cheese

Directions:  

Brown the beef in a large skillet. Drain.  Add jar of sauce and water.  Bring to a boil.  Add pasta and stirring occasionally, simmer for 10 minutes or until noodles are done.  Fold in cheeses and let cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and portion into take-along containers.


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Refrigerator Pickles 
These pickles are sour and sweet, and similar to bread and butter pickles. But I use less sugar to make them less sweet.

Makes 3 1/2 cups


Ingredients: 

3-5 small pickling cucumbers

3 cups white vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsps coarse salt
1/2 tsp mustard seed
1/2 tsp celery seed
2 to 4 red chiles (optional)
1/8 tsp ground turmeric
1 1/2 cups fresh dill fronds (about 1 bunch)

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, combine white vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seed, celery seed, red chiles (optional) and ground turmeric. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Arrange prepared vegetables and dill fronds in one or more jars. Pour hot brine into jar to completely cover vegetables and seal jar. Refrigerate until cool, about 2 hours (or up to one week.)

For additional flavor add peppercorns and a small garlic clove to the jars.


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Barbecue Bean and Chicken Sloppy Joes (from Skinny Ms)

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound lean ground chicken (ground turkey can also be used)
  • 1/2 cup onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, organic preferred (drain and rinse)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Great Northern Beans, organic preferred (drain and rinse)
  • 1/4 cup sucanat, coconut palm sugar or honey
  • 1/2 cup ketchup (recipe)
  • Gluten Free or Whole Wheat Buns or rolls
Directions:



Add uncooked ground chicken/turkey to slow cooker, break up with a fork, add remaining ingredients and cook 6 hours on low.
4 - 6 quart slow cooker recommended. 



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